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WWU sweeps road trip with 75-65 win at Montana State Billings

Forward Anye Turner had a team-high 16 points and game-highs of 14 rebounds and four blocked shots as Western Washington University earned a sweep of its two-game road trip with a 75-65 victory over Montana State University Billings on Saturday, Feb. 7, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball contest at Alterowitz Gymnasium on the MSUB campus.

Five players reached double figures for the Vikings, who improved to 13-10 overall and 6-7 in the GNAC with their third straight victory.

Jace Anderson had a game-high 18 points for MSUB, which fell to 5-18 overall and 3-10 in the GNAC with its fifth loss in the last six games.

The Vikings used a 15-2 run, with five different players scoring, to take a 23-12 lead with 8:42 left in the first half. They never led by less than eight the rest of the period and held a 35-26 lead at halftime.

MSUB opened the second half with eight straight points by Anderson to close the gap to one, 35-34, with 17:26 to play.

The margin was still just three, 45-42, with 11:42 left, before the Vikings took control of the contest with 12 straight points. That gave WWU a 57-42 lead with 6:47 left, and the margin was never less than eight after that.

Center Mac Johnson and guard Kyle Impero each had 12 points for the Vikings, and guard Ricardo Maxwell and forward Joey Schreiber each had 10.

Turner’s point and rebound totals were both his third-best of the season. He entered the contest second nationally in NCAA Division II in blocks with 66, having five in an 82-72 triumph at Seattle Pacific on Thursday. Saturday’s contest was his 11th this season with four or more blocks.

WWU 75, MSUB 65

WWU (13-10, 6-7 GNAC)

Turner,Anye 7-12 2-3 16; Impero,Kyle 5-10 1-2 12; Johnson,Mac 5-9 2-5 12; Schreiber,Joey 3-7 1-4 10; Maxwell,Ricardo 4-9 2-2 10; Parker,Jeffrey 2-6 2-2 6; Javier,Harris 1-4 2-2 5; Bowen,Blake 1-1 2-2 4; Hopkins,Mark 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-59 14-22 75.

MSUB (5-18, 3-10 GNAC)

Anderson,Jace 8-16 0-0 18; Matthews,Marc 5-10 0-0 11; Perry,Jordan 3-9 0-0 8; Denham,Kendall 3-8 0-0 7; Nelson,Tyler 2-4 3-5 7; Johnson,Emmanuel 3-8 1-2 7; Gataric,Momir 3-6 1-1 7. Totals 27-61 5-8 65.

Half: WWU 35, MSUB 26

3-point field goals: WWU 5-12 (Schreiber,Joey 3-5; Impero,Kyle 1-1; Javier,Harris 1-3; Parker,Jeffrey 0-2; Hopkins,Mark 0-1), MSUB 6-20 (Perry,Jordan 2-4; Anderson,Jace 2-8; Denham,Kendall 1-3; Matthews,Marc 1-3; Johnson,Emmanuel 0-2). Fouled out: WWU-None, MSUB-None. Rebounds: WWU 35 (Turner,Anye 14), MSUB 29 (Perry,Jordan 10). Assists: WWU 13 (Javier,Harris 6), MSUB 10 (Perry,Jordan 3; Denham,Kendall 3). Total fouls: WWU 15, MSUB 18. Technical fouls: WWU-None, MSUB-None. A-324

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